Saint Fursey of Péronne

detail of an illustration of Saint Fursey of Péronne from a 16th century French 'Lives of the Saints' published in Paris, France; Richard de Montbaston et collaborateurs; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageAlso known as

  • Fursey of Lagny
  • Fursa of….
  • Furseo of….
  • Furse of….
  • Fursae of….
  • Fursu of….
  • Fulsey of….
  • Furseus of….



Son of an Irish prince. Related to Saint Foillan and Saint Ultan of Péronne. Educated by Saint Brendan the Voyager. Priest. Abbot of a house at Rathmat, Ireland. Preached, evangelized, and established monasteries in Ireland for twelve years. Evangelized in England, building monasteries. Evangelized in France, working with Saint Blitharius; they had great success. Clovis, king of the Franks, received him, and asked that he build a house at Lagny, France. Raised the young son of a court nobleman from the dead. Given to ecstacies and trances during which he received visions of a immense struggle between good and evil, with glimpses of heaven and hell. The visions were described in the aptly named Visions of Fursey, and had a great effect on such works as Dante’s Divine Comedy. Bede wrote extensively and glowingly of Fursey. His image is on the banner of the city of Peronne, France.






  • abbot raising a young nobleman from the dead
  • abbot in an ecstastic trance
  • priest in a trance with spectral images hovering nearby
  • man with two oxen at his feet
  • striking water from the soil at Lagny with the point of his staff
  • watching a vision of angels
  • watching the flames of purgatory and hell

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Fursey of Péronne“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 May 2009. Web. 9 October 2015. <>